For the Love of Pets

Whether you’re a “dog” or “cat” person—or even a horse, bird or other pet enthusiast—you know how that furry, feathered or even scaly critter can steal your heart. For many of us, our pets are family.

In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we share stories of pampered pooches competing for best of breed, of working dogs that are helping to save lives, and of dogs that need help themselves—and the dedicated people who raise, train and love them. You’ll also learn about an animal chiropractor who makes house calls, and about a very different sort of “pet”: a high-tech, robotic baby seal that’s helping comfort people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Thinking about giving your home interior a face lift? Ten talented area interior designers and their design firms were allowed complete creative freedom to set up showrooms at this year’s Oklahoma Designer Show House, scheduled for Sept. 9-11 and 16-18 in Edmond. Look inside for our story detailing this year’s tours. Get ready to be inspired!

Our Hot Spot review this month features the Meatball House on Norman’s historic Campus Corner. Says the reviewer: “Call it saucy, call it eclectic, call it a simple concept—but just don’t call it Italian. The Meatball House…is dedicated to making the gastric orb a culinary delight that transcends one stereotype of flavor.” The restaurant also offers an eclectic assortment of cocktails with fun names like Gettin’ Lucky in Kentucky, The Breeze Between Your Knees and the South in Your Mouth.

Last but not least, our Hometown Hero this month is a former U.S. Army communications specialist who traded in his “cloak-and-dagger” assignments to pursue a career in the arts. The sculptor and former Boston University art professor now serves as executive director of the Firehouse Art Center in Norman. Inside, you’ll read about why he has become known locally as “the guy behind the duck project.”

Finally, a brief personal note. The Norman community lost a true gem in July with the passing of my mother, Betty Culpepper, who wrote a popular garden column in the local newspaper for 30 years, was a talented potter and participated in numerous community endeavors. To her, I dedicate this issue.